Minority populations and persons of less privileged socioeconomic status suffer a disproportionate burden of disease and associated complications from many serious health conditions in the U.S. In addition, as the U.S. population ages, older persons as a group are increasingly more ethnically diverse with social and behavioral factors predicting substantial variation in functioning and morbidity in older adults. To address these issues, the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) was established at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1997 under the leadership of Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD. CADC is one of six national Centers funded by the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health.
The CADC is committed to increasing high quality research focused on the concerns of aging Latinos and African Americans by:
- Increasing the number of researchers devoted to improving the health of Latino, Asian, and African American elder adults and reducing health disparities
- Developing and mentoring minority researchers by providing training and support for proposals, pilot studies, and dissemination of research findings
- Collecting and validating existing measures for research with Latinos, Asians, and African Americans, and developing new measures
- Recruiting and retaining Latinos and African Americans for clinical research
- Funding and implementing new pilot studies that advance knowledge on healthy aging, disease, and disability among older African Americans, Asians, and Latinos
- Disseminating information about interventions to reduce disease and disability and improve the health of older Latino, Asian, and African American adults